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Geopolitics / Europe

SOCAR Eyes Big League

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An emerging joint venture between Russia’s Rosneft and Azerbaijan’s state-run SOCAR poises the Azeri company to enter an even bigger league.

Mediterranean Gas Outlook Threatened by War

Aug 21, 2013 at 17:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

The population in the eastern Mediterranean region is expected to increase by as much as 35 percent in the next 20 years. Natural gas deposits in the Levant Basin are…

Belarus Tries to Subtly Lash Out at Russian Oligarchs

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:27 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Belarus reinstates an investor-unfriendly rule in order to subdue Russian power in its business. Analysis: In 2008, the Belarusian government revoked its “golden share” rule that…

Reassembling the Evil Empire – Gazprom moves into Kyrgyzstan

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:39 | John Daly

Pity poor democratic, energy bereft post-Soviet Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan.Alone amongst the debris field of post-Soviet states in the unexpected aftermath of the sudden December 1991 implosion of…

Armenia Faces Opposition over Gazprom Deal

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Armenia’s plans to hand over the state’s remaining stake in its natural gas monopoly to Gazprom has opposition politicians furious over the prospect of ceding total control of…

Romania to Build Gas Pipeline to Moldova with Major Political Implications

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Romania announces that construction will begin soon on a natural gas pipeline to neighboring Moldova, in a project that will underbid Gazprom prices and challenge Russia’s control in…

Azerbaijan, Russia Draw Closer Over Energy Ties

Jul 19, 2013 at 23:27 | John Daly

The implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991 produced three petro-states – the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.Of these, Azerbaijan has the longest history, having begun producing petroleum…

Exclusive Intelligence: Be the First to Get in on Bosnia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:53 | Editorial Dept

We’ve been holding on to this nugget for some time, waiting for one of the last pieces of the puzzle to near position. Now it’s time: Bosnia and Herzegovina has…

Watch as Russia Descends on New EU Member Croatia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:38 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Now that Croatia has joined the European Union, Russia will work hard and fast to get its foothold in the Balkan country’s energy market, where location gives it…

Cash Strapped Greek Government Hopes for Rising Oil Output

Jul 15, 2013 at 18:19 | John Daly

The dire state of the Greek economy is well known to its European Union partners. Further hammering the economy are Greece’s massive oil imports. According to the U.S. government’s Energy…

Oil and Human Rights Don't Mix for Kazakhstan

Jul 02, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The British government got an earful from Kazakhstan this week despite Prime Minister David Cameron's economic outreach. The prime minister arrived Sunday in Kazakhstan to help launch one of the…

Turkey’s Erdogan: Is the Damage Fatal?

Jun 10, 2013 at 16:54 | Charles Kennedy

Let’s watch Turkey’s ruling party elite hedge their bets over Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s longevity, as protests continue into their second week. The ruling Justice and Development Party…

TURKEY: Erdogan Fails to Regain Control

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:47 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: If Prime Minister Erdogan continues to mismanage a crisis in the form of 7 days running of mass anti-government protests, the highly influential Gulen Movement will surface to…

GREECE: How Gazprom Will Get Control of Greece’s Pipeline Potential

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:39 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Greece sells off its state-owned natural gas company (DEPA/DEFSA) under insolvency pressure, a minor Russian holding steps in as a proxy for Russian giant Gazprom. Whoever gains…

Wake-Up Call for Turkey’s AKP

Jun 04, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Five days of protests in Turkey highlight the government’s horrific crisis mismanagement and serves as a wake-up call for the ruling party that was caught off guard, basking in its…

Turkey: Game-Changing Oil & Gas Legislation Afoot

May 31, 2013 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

We’ve noted recently that Turkey is a hot venue for both the majors and the juniors, but that there still hasn’t been that one big find to put the country…

POLAND: Shale Tax Policy Delay, Little Appeasement for Investors

May 31, 2013 at 13:21 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Shale gas explorers in Poland get a bit of a boost (but not enough) as the government prepares to postpone shale gas production tax collection for five years…

Politics Beats Benefits as Europe Favours Nabucco Over South Stream

May 30, 2013 at 16:59 | Economywatch

Despite possessing better financing and greater energy benefits compared to its competitors (namely the Nabucco pipeline), the proposed South Stream pipeline has faced considerable opposition in Europe – by countries…

EU: Tighter Regulations for Explorers

May 24, 2013 at 13:34 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The EU’s new offshore oil and gas exploration legislation is designed to prevent another Gulf of Mexico incident and will force explorers to submit special hazard reports and…

KURDISTAN: Understanding the Power Brokers

May 17, 2013 at 14:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Kurdistan is a good place to be right now for E&P companies, but navigating the playing field of power brokers and gatekeepers is a challenging necessity if you…

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